Wednesday, May 30, 2012

To Die For by Sandra Byrd(Re-Read) AND A GIVEAWAY for The Secret Keeper

My Rating: 5/5 stars, of course!

My Thoughts:

As much as I loved reading To Die For the first time, I gained an even greater appreciation for it the second time around. There were plenty of little details that I'd forgotten, or missed. I really don't know why I don't make time to re-read more books! It's always such a great experience.

While I still can't say that the Tudor period is my favorite, I am fascinated by it. I'd once mentioned that the Christian books during this time period don't show the true scandal of the time(which was not a complaint). After my re-read, though, I was wrong! I very much get a picture of the scandal, but it is done in a cleaner form, which I'm always grateful for! I also still appreciate getting to see Anne's life from a different perspective. She's quite often portrayed in a negative way. It's great to see her in a more positive light. After reading The Secret Keeper, I take back my "scandal" comment even more. Wow! You really get even more of a picture of the times in it. (more on that next week, though).

To see my first post about To Die For, click HERE.

I HIGHLY(!!) recommend this series! The historical value alone makes them worth reading, but the entertainment and awesome writing just add to the experience.

Now for the giveaway!

Description from Amazon:

The author of To Die For returns to the court of Henry VIII as a young woman is caught between love and honor. Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father's business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn Parr.
Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his concerns with Juliana's father's estate and sees instantly that Juliana would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in Parr's household for "finishing" and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly.
For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king's daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.
As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII's court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will undo everything she holds dear.

I was sent an extra copy of The Secret Keeper, so I'm giving it to one of you. My post goes up next week on the 6th, so I'll end it at midnight that day. I'll announce the winner in that post.


-U.S. only
-Must be 13 years or older.

Mandatory Entry:

Just leave me a comment with your spam-free e-mail.

Extra Entry:

Advertise in any kind of way, and leave me a link.

That's it! :)


  1. Should they be read in order? I'm in though! :) The series sounds intriguing!

    thissimplemom at gmail dot com

    1. They are perfectly fine to read as a standalone. Some things will make a bit more since if you do read them in order, though.

  2. This does sound good. I love historical fiction.
    cleanteenfiction at gmail dot com

  3. I know what you mean about re-reading! More and more I realize that there is GREAT value in re-reading books!

    You've also convinced me that I might really enjoy this book so please throw my name in the hat as well!

    readingtoknow (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thank you!

  4. The extremes of this age - the outrageous opulence and the incredible poverty, the indulgence of some at the expense of others, the freedom of some and the constriction of others - always leaves me feeling grateful that I didn't live back then. I'd most likely be on the wrong end of the see-saw! But I do love to read about it!

  5. I linked my readers to you today!

    1. Third times a charm...

      beckydwriter at gmail dot com

  6. thank you so much for this giveaway!!! xD

  7. Great giveaway!

    JoyAnne11 at gmail dot com

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